New Student Welcome Day

Please join us in welcoming new students today during New Student Welcome Day! From 9-10 a.m. students will be visiting information tables in A. Lincoln Commons. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Breakout sessions for the students begin at 10 a.m., followed by the lunch for new students.

Welcome Week volunteers needed for A. Lincoln Commons and other campus buildings

Help new students get a great start to the fall semester by answering their questions and providing directions! Public Relations and Marketing is looking for volunteers to assist at the welcome table in A. Lincoln Commons and also in Millennium Center, Logan Hall, Montgomery Hall and the Workforce Careers Center Aug. 19-22 during the first week of fall classes.

To volunteer, add your name to this Welcome Week sign up sheet or email Amy Flynn at

In A. Lincoln Commons, FAQs will be on the tables along with highlighters to help mark students’ routes to their classes. For Millennium, Logan, Montgomery or the Workforce Careers Center, please contact Amy ( for instructions and materials.

Concrete work in front of bus stop near Sangamon Hall

As a part of the ongoing site paving project on the LLCC campus in Springfield, starting on Wednesday, Aug. 14 contractors will need to remove and replace concrete immediately in front of the bus stop near Sangamon Hall. We anticipate that the bus will continue to operate on its usual route and stop just after the location of the construction activities. This area will open back up before classes start on Monday, Aug. 19. Please use caution, and follow all construction traffic signs, cones/barrels and directions at all times. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tim Ervin at 786-9605 or at

Welcome to new LLCC faculty!

Join us in welcoming the following new LLCC faculty members!

Cory BrockmeyerCory Brockmeyer is LLCC’s new HVACR instructor. He is a graduate of LLCC’s HVACR program and previously worked as a journeyman and was with Local 137 for seven years. Cory can be reached at or 786-3676.




Bridgette HudsonBridgette Hudson joins the college as a nursing instructor. She previously worked with HSHS for almost 10 years. Her background is primary in medical surgery, but also intensive care and leadership and management. Bridgette can be reached at or 786-2566.



Laurie Lewis-FritzLaurie Lewis-Fritz started at LLCC as an adjunct instructor and is now a full-time instructor of music. Prior to joining LLCC, she taught at Lincoln College and MacMurray College. She earned her master’s degree in opera/music theatre. Laurie can be reached at or 786-2562.



Dr. Teresa Liberati

Teresa Liberati, D.V.M., Ph.D., has been an adjunct instructor at LLCC since 2015 and is now an assistant professor, biology/anatomy and physiology. A veterinarian and toxicologist, she has worked in many areas of academia, research and teaching. Teresa can be reached at or 786-2793.



Matt SchownirMatt Schownir, Ph.D., is LLCC’s new assistant professor of history. Originally from Indiana, he earned his master’s and doctorate’s degrees in history from Purdue University. Before joining us, he taught at Purdue, Huntington University in Indiana and Jackson College in Michigan. His hobbies include soccer, listening to podcasts, board games and spending time with his two children. Matt can be reached at or 786-2404.


Bailey Shaw

Bailey Shaw, Ph.D., is a new assistant professor of English at LLCC. She is originally from Decatur, Illinois, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and a master’s degree from Loyola Chicago. Prior to joining LLCC, she taught at other community colleges in Illinois, most recently at John A. Logan College. Bailey can be reached at or 786-2402.



Karen SiskKaren Sisk, Ph.D., has also joined LLCC as an assistant professor of English. She holds a master’s degree in English literature and a doctorate’s degree in creative writing. She previously was an adjunct instructor for Lorrain County Community College for four years. Karen can be reached at or 786-2364.

In the news

Scott Queener, Ph.D., director of student success; Alison Mills, director of financial aid, and Lynn Whalen, executive director of public relations and marketing, were interviewed for an upcoming college planning series and resource guide to be featured on

Sean Keeley, culinary specialist, is the author of today’s Epicuriosity 101 column in the State Journal-Register, “My favorite cooking shows.”

Terri Branham, adjunct instructor, hospitality and culinary arts, served as the Cake Classic judge at the Logan County Fair. In this competition, all cakes are baked on-site, and the bakers are  blue-ribbon winners from regular cake categories in the fair’s culinary entries. The event was covered by the Herald News.

VALIC representative on campus today

VALIC representative David Jones will be on campus today, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VP conference Room of Menard Hall. To schedule a 30-minute appointment for an account review and to help you understand your options and new enrollments, go to and enter registration code 6303SPR11AB.

ALL summer kickoff today

LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning is showcasing learning opportunities for those ages 50 and older at its summer kickoff today from 1-3 p.m. in the Trutter Center. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is requested by calling 217-786-2432. (Current ALL members should register on WebAdvisor via the “My LLCC” tab at or by calling 217-786-2292.)

Jennifer Gill, superintendent of schools, Springfield Public School District #186, is speaking at the event. With a theme of “back to school,” attendees are encouraged to bring a school supply to donate to District #186. The event also includes games, a book exchange, desserts and beverages.

Midday yoga begins Aug. 28

Use your lunch hour as a time to unwind and reset your mind with Midday Yoga! Yoga is proven to benefit mental and physical health. Midday Yoga is a course designed to accommodate the needs of beginning yoga students as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will practice physical postures that stretch and open the body. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat. There is a course limit of 20 participants, so sign up as soon as possible. Register today!

Course: Midday Yoga
Instructor: Patricia Lanser, 200RYT Yoga Fit Certified Yoga Instructor
Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 28–Oct. 2
Times: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Montgomery Hall, Room 1143
Fee: $65
Course Code: CEW 802-05

Student Services open extended hours

LLCC Admission, Records and Registration, Financial Aid, Placement and Testing and Student Success (formerly Advising, Counseling and Career Services) will be open extended hours to assist students with fall enrollment on these dates/times:

  • Monday-Thursday, Aug. 12-15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday, Aug. 19-22, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 23, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please spread the word to any students who still need to register for fall classes!